1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks season

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1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks
Division 5th
1944–45 record 13–30–7
Home record 9–14–2
Road record 4–16–5
Goals for 141
Goals against 194
Team information
General Manager Bill Tobin
Coach Paul Thompson (0–1–0)
Johnny Gottselig (13–29–7)
Captain Clint Smith
Arena Chicago Stadium
Team leaders
Goals Bill Mosienko (28)
Assists Clint Smith (31)
Points Bill Mosienko and Clint Smith (54)
Penalties in minutes Joe Cooper (50)
Wins Mike Karakas (12)
Goals against average Mike Karakas (3.90)
<1943–44 1945–46>

The 1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 19th season in the NHL, and they were coming off an appearance in the 1944 Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Montreal Canadiens in 4 games.

The Black Hawks would lose their top scorer Doug Bentley, who was given permission to stay home in Saskatchewan and tend the family farm by the Canadian Armed Forces officials, while his brother Max Bentley would miss his 2nd season due to World War II. The club would name Clint Smith as team captain, and after the first game of the season, a loss of 11–5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Paul Thompson was replaced by former Black Hawk captain Johnny Gottselig.

The Hawks would struggle to score goals, scoring a league low 141, while allowing 194, which ranked them 4th. The team would finish the season with a 13–30–7 record, and their 33 points was their lowest point total since 1938–39. Chicago would fail to make the post-season, as they would finish 3 points behind the Boston Bruins for 4th place.

Midway through the season, the Black Hawks would be involved in a big trade with the Detroit Red Wings, as Chicago would trade Earl Siebert and Fido Purpur to the Wings for Butch McDonald, Don Grosso, and Cully Simon.

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Bill Mosienko, who led the team with 28 goals, Clint Smith with his team high 31 assists, and the two of them would tie for the team lead in points at 54. Pete Horeck would be the only other Black Hawk to score more than 10 goals, as he had 20. Joe Cooper would lead the defense all season long, earning 21 points and a team high 50 penalty minutes.

In goal, the Hawks would bring back Mike Karakas, and he would lead the team with 12 wins and a 3.90 GAA, and earn 4 shutouts. Doug Stevenson would appear in a couple of games, getting a 1–1–0 record with a GAA of 3.50.

Season standings[edit]

National Hockey League[1]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 50 38 8 4 228 121 +107 80
2 Detroit Red Wings 50 31 14 5 218 161 +57 67
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 50 24 22 4 183 161 +22 52
4 Boston Bruins 50 16 30 4 179 219 -40 −40 36
5 Chicago Black Hawks 50 13 30 7 141 194 -53 −53 33
6 New York Rangers 50 11 29 10 154 247 -93 −93 32


Game log[edit]

Regular season[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 11–5 Chicago Black Hawks 0–1–0 0
2 November 1 New York Rangers 3–8 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1–0 2
3 November 5 Boston Bruins 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2–0 2
4 November 9 Chicago Black Hawks 2–9 Montreal Canadiens 1–3–0 2
5 November 12 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4–0 2
6 November 14 Chicago Black Hawks 5–7 Boston Bruins 1–5–0 2
7 November 18 Chicago Black Hawks 4–5 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–6–0 2
8 November 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 1–7–0 2
9 November 23 New York Rangers 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 1–7–1 3
10 November 25 Chicago Black Hawks 4–7 Detroit Red Wings 1–8–1 3
11 November 26 Detroit Red Wings 5–6 Chicago Black Hawks 2–8–1 5
12 November 30 Boston Bruins 7–2 Chicago Black Hawks 2–9–1 5
13 December 3 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks 2–10–1 5
14 December 10 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 New York Rangers 2–10–2 6
15 December 17 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–10–2 8
16 December 20 New York Rangers 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 3–11–2 8
17 December 23 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Montreal Canadiens 3–12–2 8
18 December 24 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 New York Rangers 3–12–3 9
19 December 28 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Boston Bruins 3–13–3 9
20 December 30 Chicago Black Hawks 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–14–3 9
21 December 31 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 Detroit Red Wings 3–15–3 9
22 January 1 Detroit Red Wings 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–16–3 9
23 January 6 Chicago Black Hawks 1–10 Montreal Canadiens 3–17–3 9
24 January 7 Chicago Black Hawks 0–0 New York Rangers 3–17–4 10
25 January 14 Boston Bruins 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks 4–17–4 12
26 January 17 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 4–18–4 12
27 January 20 Chicago Black Hawks 4–8 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–19–4 12
28 January 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4 Chicago Black Hawks 5–19–4 14
29 January 24 New York Rangers 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 5–20–4 14
30 January 27 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Detroit Red Wings 5–21–4 14
31 January 28 Detroit Red Wings 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 5–22–4 14
32 January 30 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Boston Bruins 6–22–4 16
33 February 1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–1 Montreal Canadiens 6–22–5 17
34 February 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 6–23–5 17
35 February 10 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 7–23–5 19
36 February 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 8–23–5 21
37 February 13 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3 Boston Bruins 8–24–5 21
38 February 15 Chicago Black Hawks 2–6 New York Rangers 8–25–5 21
39 February 18 Montreal Canadiens 0–0 Chicago Black Hawks 8–25–6 22
40 February 21 Boston Bruins 0–5 Chicago Black Hawks 9–25–6 24
41 February 24 Chicago Black Hawks 2–4 Detroit Red Wings 9–26–6 24
42 February 25 Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 9–27–6 24
43 February 27 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 9–27–7 25
44 March 1 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 New York Rangers 10–27–7 27
45 March 4 Montreal Canadiens 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks 11–27–7 29
46 March 7 New York Rangers 3–6 Chicago Black Hawks 12–27–7 31
47 March 11 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 Boston Bruins 12–28–7 31
48 March 15 Boston Bruins 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks 12–29–7 31
49 March 17 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 Montreal Canadiens 12–30–7 31
50 March 18 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Detroit Red Wings 13–30–7 33

Season stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Mosienko 50 28 26 54 0
Clint Smith 50 23 31 54 0
Pete Horeck 50 20 16 36 44
Joe Cooper 50 4 17 21 50
Butch McDonald 26 6 13 19 0

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Doug Stevenson 2 120 1 1 0 7 0 3.50
Mike Karakas 48 2880 12 29 7 187 4 3.90

References[edit]

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